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In continuation of our discussion series “How the war changed the world” Eastern Circles, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute in Paris, Columbia University Paris and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, would like to invite you to our special conference on how the war has changed the lives and work of writers and journalists of Ukraine – a case study.

When: Monday, November 13, 2023, 18:00-20:30.

Where: Columbia University in Paris Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

Register here: by the link above.

The war has changed profoundly how journalists and writers in Ukraine work, what topics they address, how they structure their lives and careers, what life and death choices they make. Far from waiting for inspiration behind a desk in his or her office, Ukrainian writers and poets have become civic activists and volunteers, travelling the country to bring military equipment to the front, and humanitarian assistance to the civilians in newly liberated or contested territories, to see and testify about the horrors of war, documenting the story of broken dreams Russians have left behind.

What does it mean to be a writer, a poet and a journalist in Ukraine today? How has the war altered writers’ work and projects? And what happens to a modern Ukrainian poet after death?

We will try to answer these and other questions with Ukraine’s writers and journalists from writers’ union PEN Ukraine by discussing the work and life of modern Ukrainian writer, poet, journalist and activist Victoria Amelina, who was killed by a Russian missile following a shelling of Kramatorsk on 27 June 2023.

- Volodymyr Yermolenko, President of PEN Ukraine, philosopher, university professor of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, writer, journalist and podcast author of Explaining Ukraine
- Tetyana Ogarkova, member of PEN Ukraine, journalist, writer, university professor of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, international director at Ukraine Media Center, and podcast author of Ukraine on Fire
- Tetyana Teren, Director of PEN Ukraine, writer
- Sophia Chelyak, member of PEN Ukraine, writer
- Irena Karpa, member of PEN Ukraine, writer.